Rain Stops Play as Sri Lanka Struggle Chasing 279

Paola Ditto
Ottobre 13, 2018

Preview: Sri Lanka and England will look to open account in the 2nd ODI after the first one-day global in Sri Lanka was abandoned on Wednesday thanks to several hours of monsoon rain in Dambulla. If the day is indeed washed out, we have a reserve day in place tomorrow.

Woakes struck again in his third and fifth overs, with Dinesh Chandimal (6) chopping on and Dasun Shanaka (8) forced to play a superb back-of-length delivery and handing Buttler his third catch of the match. For host Sri Lanka, the side would be hoping to lift themselves after poor performance in Asia Cup.

Woakes struck three times inside his first five overs and the rapid Olly Stone snared his maiden wicket in worldwide cricket as Sri Lanka tumbled to 31-4 in pursuit of England's 278-9, in which Morgan top-scored, Joe Root notched 71 and Lasith Malinga claimed 5-44. Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy started off the innings in their usual belligerent self, while Eoin Morgan and Joe Root did a good job managing the middle-overs before rain came down.

England, in the first ODI against Sri Lanka, breezed to 92 for 2 in 15 overs before rain interrupted the encounter. Kusal Mendis, Upul Tharanga, Niroshan Dickwella and Dhananjaya de Silva will all be expected to rally around their captain.

The fluent Root and out-of-sorts Jonny Bairstow (26) combined to add 72 for the second wicket, during which time the latter became the first batsman to 1,000 ODI runs in 2018 and the sixth England player to reach the milestone in a calendar year, after David Gower (1983), Chris Broad (1987), Ian Bell (2007), Paul Collingwood (2007) and Jonathan Trott (2011). The team winning the toss will be keen on fielding first considering there is plenty of rain around.

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